Honey Bee Removal & Relocation
Listen to our radio interview with BBC Coventry & Warwickshire about our honey bee work!
Bees are vital to keep our eco-system healthy. They play an important role in pollinating our flowers, fruits and vegetables. There are about 20,000 different species of bees in the world. 250 types in the UK.
Bees live in colonies that contain the queen bee (female), the worker bee (female) and the drone (male).
Delta Pest Control specialise in the safe removal and relocation of honey bees.
Honey bees are typically active between March - October. They can be identified by their black abdomen with amber bands. Their rear legs are bare and shiny.
Honeybees live in large "families" and can survive many years because they huddle together and eat honey to keep themselves alive during the winter months. Honeybee nests vary in size.
They will usually build their nests in tree crevices, but will occasionally build nests in roofs, lofts/attics or chimneys - and this is when they can become a problem.
Honeybees living in roofs, lofts/attics or chimneys can grow their colonies very large over the years. Problems we have encountered, include leaking of honey through ceilings which causes damage and staining to the property. The honey that the bees create, can also attract a number of other pests such as flies.
Unlike the bumble bee, a nest of honey bees is a more permanent situation – only part of the colony swarm off to make a new nest elsewhere, and leave the other part of the colony behind in the original nest.
Honey bees have large colonies – perhaps 10 to 20,000 individual bees (Yes, really!), and reaching much more at its peak in a bee hive. Because honeybee colonies can be extremely large and removal can be very messy, only a pest management professional or experienced beekeeper can safely remove a honeybee nest.
We are very proud to announce that last season we managed to preserve four honey bee colonies, containing thousands of honey bees. The colonies had been living in the roof of a property and had grown so large, that they were causing severe damage to the property.
This season so far, we have preserved another honey bee colony within a roof from one location, and an extremely large (20k+) honey bee colony from the ceiling of another property. We are delighted to say that this relocation story has been covered by the BBC. You can see our BBC Midlands today news clip below.
Generally, bees rarely present problems as pests. However, there are occasions where feral swarms and nests make their home in undesirable locations of a property.
Delta Pest Control remove honey bees, and clean up the area.
We are in contact with local bee keepers, who we work with to provide a new home for the bees to thrive, once they have been removed from the undesirable location.
If you think you have honey bees in your property, please feel free to take a picture (if it is safe and practical to do so) and you can email your photos to us for advice. Alternatively we are happy to come out to survey the property and confirm the species of bee.